Hi, I’m Lyle Labardee, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board-Certified Coach. I serve as Founder and CEO of Amplified Life Network. I’m passionate about bringing wellbeing to life and helping others live life better.
With more than 25 years of clinical expertise specializing in traumatic stress and personal experience as an EMT and firefighter, along with years of experience growing and leading companies, I am passionate about serving and supporting first responders, military personnel, and business owners. I have experienced the acute stress that comes with what first responders experience almost every day. I understand the science and best practices involved in diminishing the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how to facilitate rest, recovery, and renewal. I also have a deep appreciation for the stresses and strains of founding, growing, and leading a thriving business.
I count it a privilege and an honor to walk alongside those I counsel, coach, and share in their life’s journey. My approach involves a lot of listening early on, as I seek first to understand before being understood. I’m pretty pragmatic. Your time is valuable, and I want to do all I can to use your time well and bring value back to you. I’ll do my best to accurately assess the level of distress you’re experiencing. We’ll work together on developing a plan and an approach that will help to diminish the intensity of the distress as quickly as possible. I’ll help you understand the basics of how our central nervous system works; what you can do to deactivate the stress response cycle and increase rest and recovery functions. I commonly use therapy methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), trauma-informed methods similar to EMDR like memory re-processing, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), and mindfulness.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
I earned a Master of Science in Counseling from Gannon University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religous Studies and Philosophy from the University of Dayton. I have extensive training and experience in emergency mental health, clinical counseling, professional coaching, emergency medical services, firefighting, fire service operations, and business development.
My wife, Susan and I founded Amplified Life Network in 2012 with a vision for using our 4 acre, historic peoperty in the heart of Byron Center to create a safe and relaxing place for people to receive support, guidance and renewal in their lives. Amplified Life provides clinical counseling and coaching services to adults, couples, children, and families throughout West Michigan. Amplified Life also provides wellbeing resources and services to area employers, including Byron Township and Fire Department. In addition, Amplified Life provides wellbeing resources nationally to organizations such as: United Healthcare, Optum, United Airlines, The County of Santa Clara EAP, The Johnson Space Center, Rutgers University, and Cal Tech.
On a personal note, I’m a lifelong follower of Jesus Christ and I believe in accepting and supporting people, wherever they may be in their own spiritual journey. I’ve been happily married to my wife and business partner, Susan, for 36 years; I’m the father of three children and the grandfather of three wonderful grandchildren. In my free time I enjoy tending to our vintage farm property, restoring barns, training German Shepherds, playing hockey, road biking, and exploring new places.
If you would like to schedule an initial session with me, call 616-499-4711 or click the "Schedule With Lyle" button below; I'd be happy to meet with you and help you explore next steps.